Van Marwijk names preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Caltex Socceroos Head Coach Bert van Marwijk today named 32 players as part of his preliminary squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ which will commence in Russia next month.

All 26 players who took part in van Marwijk’s first Caltex Socceroos camp in March this year – which included friendlies against Norway in Oslo and Colombia in London – have been included in the preliminary list of players, while six new players are also in contention for selection.

Van Marwijk and his coaching staff will reduce the preliminary squad to 26 players next week before the team assembles in Turkey for the start of their pre-tournament training camp from Saturday, 19 May.

After an intensive period of training, the Caltex Socceroos will play the Czech Republic in St. Polten, Austria on Friday, 1 June (local time) in what will be one of the final opportunities for the players to press their claim to be included in the final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

The final list of 23-players is scheduled to be announced in Turkey on Sunday, 3 June, and the team will continue their build-up for the tournament with a further friendly against Hungary in Budapest on Saturday, 9 June (local time).

Van Marwijk said the players that featured in his first camp deserved to retain their places, however admitted additional players have piqued his interest since Australia drew 0-0 with Colombia at Craven Cottage in London.

“I am not a person who changes all the time and we thought for a long time about the first squad that we selected,” said van Marwijk. “I had a good experience with the 26 players in the ten days that I worked with them, so I had no reason not to nominate them again. But we have since seen other players so there will be a few new names in the squad.”

Since the conclusion of the Caltex Socceroos’ March camp, van Marwijk, his coaching staff and scouts have travelled to many locations across Europe, Asia and Australia to monitor the performance of potential players.

This includes the six players that have been added to his last squad – Daniel Arzani, Alex Gersbach, Apostolos Giannou, Fran Karacic, Mitchell Langerak, and Jamie Maclaren – who have been monitored closely whilst playing for their respective clubs in domestic leagues.

“We have travelled extensively and watched many, many matches because we want to get as much information on as many players as possible,” van Marwijk explained.

“I am looking forward to the time in Turkey because there I will be able to work with the players every day, and most of the time it will be two times a day. In those few weeks it must be very clear for the players what we want (at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™),” concluded van Marwijk.

Name

Club, Country

A-International Caps (Goals)

Daniel ARZANI

Melbourne City FC, AUSTRALIA

0 (0)

Aziz BEHICH

Bursaspor, TURKEY

21 (2)

Joshua BRILLANTE

Sydney FC, AUSTRALIA

5 (0)

Tim CAHILL

Millwall FC, ENGLAND

105 (50)

Milos DEGENEK

Yokohama F. Marinos, JAPAN

17 (0)

Alex GERSBACH

Racing Club de Lens, FRANCE

4 (0)

Apostolos GIANNOU

AEK Larnaca, CYPRUS

5 (0)

Jackson IRVINE

Hull City AFC, ENGLAND

17 (2)

Mile JEDINAK

Aston Villa FC, ENGLAND

75 (18)

Brad JONES (Gk)

Feyenoord Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

5 (0)

Tomi JURIC

FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND

34 (8)

Matthew JURMAN

Suwon Samsung Bluewings, KOREA REPUBLIC

4 (0)

Fran KARACIC

NK Lokomotiva, CROATIA

0 (0)

Robbie KRUSE

VfL Bochum, GERMANY

62 (5)

Mitchell LANGERAK (Gk)

Nagoya Grampus, JAPAN

8 (0)

Mathew LECKIE

Hertha BSC, GERMANY

51 (6)

Massimo LUONGO

Queens Park Rangers FC, ENGLAND

34 (5)

Jamie MACLAREN

Hibernian FC, SCOTLAND

5 (0)

James MEREDITH

Millwall FC, ENGLAND

2 (0)

Mark MILLIGAN

Al Ahli SC, SAUDI ARABIA

66 (6)

Aaron MOOY

Huddersfield Town AFC, ENGLAND

32 (5)

Andrew NABBOUT

Urawa Red Diamonds, JAPAN

2 (0)

Dimitri PETRATOS

Newcastle Jets, AUSTRALIA

1 (0)

Josh RISDON

Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AUSTRALIA

6 (0)

Tom ROGIC

Celtic FC, SCOTLAND

35 (7)

Nikita RUKAVYTSYA

Maccabi Haifa FC, ISRAEL

18 (1)

Mathew RYAN (Gk)

Brighton & Hove Albion FC, ENGLAND

42 (0)

Trent SAINSBURY

Grasshopper Club Zurich, SWITZERLAND

33 (3)

Aleksandar SUSNJAR

FK Mlada Boleslav, CZECH REPUBLIC

1 (0)

James TROISI

Melbourne Victory, AUSTRALIA

37 (5)

Daniel VUKOVIC (Gk)

KRC Genk, BELGIUM

1 (0)

Bailey WRIGHT

Bristol City FC, ENGLAND

22 (1)


Caltex Socceroos pre-2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Friendlies:

Caltex Socceroos v Czech Republic
Date: Friday, 1 June 2018 (local time)
Venue: NV Arena, St. Polten, Austria
Kick-off: TBC
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten

Hungary v Caltex Socceroos
Date: Saturday, 9 June 2018 (local time)
Venue: Groupama Arena, Budapest, Hungary
Kick-off: 5.30pm local (1.30am AEST – Sunday, 10 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network Ten

Caltex Socceroos 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Group C Matches:

France v Caltex Socceroos
Date: 
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Venue: Kazan Arena, Kazan, Russia
Kick-off: 1pm local (8pm AEST – Saturday, 16 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport

Denmark v Caltex Socceroos
Date:
 Thursday, 21 June 2018
Venue: Samara Arena, Samara, Russia
Kick-off: 4pm local (10pm AEST – Thursday, 21 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport

Caltex Socceroos v Peru
Date:
 Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Venue: Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia
Kick-off: 5pm local (12pm AEST – Wednesday 27 June 2018)
Broadcast: Live in Australia on SBS and Optus Sport